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Off by twelve error? — “And I Feel Fine” hat

I received the Tis the season hat a few minutes ago, even though the description says it is for posting or voting on December 25th. It is December 24th, as of now.

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I was under the impression that SO follows UTC time, according to which it would be afternoon on the 24th right now.

  • It's 25 december in New Zealand. Why shouldn't they receive the hat?
    – user138231
    Dec 24, 2012 at 13:50
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    There is a wide margin to avoid tears^h^h^h^h complaints from those who missed that hat due to time zone differences.
    – Bo Persson
    Dec 24, 2012 at 13:52
  • @Chichiray But doesn't SO follow UTC time? Dec 24, 2012 at 13:52
  • For posts, yes. Locale-specific timezone is not so relevant on posts.
    – user138231
    Dec 24, 2012 at 13:53

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This is , similarly to the apocalyptic hat:

So, the official answer is: we over-awarded the hat so that people in Auckland / Tokyo / Shanghai / Vanuatu wouldn't have to wait until their midday to receive it.


This behavior will also occur for the other hats that are date-sensitive. This included L'Chaim, and will include Tis the Season and the New Year's Eve Hat / Auld Lang Syne.

Basically: Don't panic! It's a feature, not a bug!

  • Alright. Thank you. Will accept in 11 minutes. Dec 24, 2012 at 13:53
  • Dont panic! .. :D
    – asheeshr
    Dec 24, 2012 at 13:53
  • Don't know which of the contrasts are least surprising. Dec 24, 2012 at 14:35

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